Photo: Robagorib

The fortified church of the Székely / Szekler village of Csíkszenttamás (Tomești), in Transylvania, more precisely in Romania. The place is located 22 kilometers from Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc, Szeklerburg, Sicolsburgum) to the North. It is also famous for the Csonkatorony (“ruined tower”). You can also find the chapel of the Sándor family there which was built in 1592. You can see the traces of the Gothic style on its doorframes and windows.

More about Csíkszereda: https://www.hungarianottomanwars.com/transylvania/csikszereda/

The settlement was first mentioned in 1333 as Sancto Toma. Its old village used to stand 2-3 kilometers further where we can see the remains of its old Gothic church tower. This church used to be surrounded by a wall but it was pulled down in 1725. The Aba family used to have a chapel in the garden of the ancient church.

The Székely church (Photo: Țetcu Mircea Rareș)

As for the inhabitants, there lived only Hungarian Székelys in 1910, altogether 2791. There were 2770 counted in 1992, just 4 of them were non-Hungarians. Here you can read more about the Hungarian Székely people of Transylvania:


Photo: Rokarudi

The church in the village was built in 1778 and you can find inside many precious pieces of art salvaged from the 15th-century church. The most famous of them is the Madonna of Csíkszenttamás, a statue made in the middle of the 15th century. There was a castle next to the village that was once called Balaskó castle but only its name survived the centuries. The Abaffy family once had a stately home that was built in the 17th century, reinforced with two bastions. It is interesting, that the ancient cemetery next to the Csonkatorony is still in use.

Photo: Țetcu Mircea Rareș

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